Stone Church Arts presents Your Rhythm, Your Life concert

BELLOWS FALLS — Experience new dimensions of energy in performance with Grammy-Award-winning master drummer Glen Velez, vocal phenomenon Loire, and acclaimed cellist Eugene Friesen in the Your Rhythm, Your Life concert. The performers will expand your rhythmic experience in surprising ways at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 1, at Immanuel Episcopal Church, 20 Church St.

A four-time Grammy Award winner, Velez is the founding father of the modern Frame Drum movement and is regarded as a legendary figure among musicians and audiences world-wide. During his career, Velez has single-handedly popularized this ancient drum for the modern world. His virtuosic combinations of hand movements and finger techniques, along with his original compositional style — which incorporates stepping, drum language and Central Asian Overtone singing (split-tone singing) — has opened new possibilities for musicians around the globe.

Loire (aka Lori Cotler) has garnered an international reputation as one of the most captivating performers of our time. Using exotic rhythms as her muse, she executes with the human voice phrases that do not seem possible in their rhythmic speed and clarity. Loire's emotionally-charged melodic inventions and evocative percussion-driven interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions are informed by raw melismatic improvisations, jazz-scat and pop stylings, along with lightning-fast South Indian drum language.

Eugene Friesen is active internationally as a cellist, composer, and teacher. A graduate of the Yale School of Music, he has been featured on recordings and in concerts all over the world with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Paul Winter Consort, with Trio Globo (Friesen, Howard Levy and Glen Velez), and in his popular CelloMan performances for children and families.

Tickets in advance are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and children under 12, and $25 at the door. Premium reserved seating, up-front in comfortable chairs, is $45. Advance tickets are available at Village Square Booksellers on the Square, online at, or by calling 802-460-0110.


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